China to launch world’s largest emissions trading system

China has detailed plans for what is believed will be the world’s largest emissions trading system. It would cover more than 1,700 power companies and three billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Li Gao, Director, Climate Department at China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said trading will begin after a period of “preparatory work” […]

Nations commit $540m to phase out super greenhouse gas

Developed countries have committed to providing $540 million (£400m) to help phase out a super greenhouse gas. The funds will be used for activities aimed at getting rid of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in developing countries. They will be provided between 2018 and 2020 through the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The […]

UK ratifies super greenhouse gas reduction pact

The UK has become one of the first countries to ratify a landmark agreement to limit the emissions of a super greenhouse gas. The Kigali amendment to the UN Montreal Protocol, agreed by more than 150 nations in October last year, commits them to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% between 2019 and 2036. The harmful […]

EU limits quotas for powerful greenhouse gas

The European Commission has allocated reduced quotas for the import and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs can be found in refrigeration, air conditioning, foams and aerosols and are said to be thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide warming the planet. The Commission has limited the sale of the greenhouse gas for 2018 – […]

Carbon pollution grew at record pace last year

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record breaking speed last year. New research by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reveals it rose a level not seen in 800,000 years. It grew to 403 parts per million in 2016 due to a combination of human activities and the El Nino weather event […]

ABB cuts greenhouse gases with green grid tech

ABB has launched an eco-efficient switchgear product in China. The technology firm claims its ZX2 AirPlus is a more sustainable version of the combination of disconnect switches, fuses or circuit breakers commonly used to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment on a power grid. It says its medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear will help China as the […]

Could leaks mean natural gas is more emissions intensive than coal?

Methane leaks during the extraction of natural gas could make the fuel a larger contributor to global warming than coal generation. That’s according to new research from the Journal of Geophysical Research, which suggests although burning natural gas only produces about half as much carbon dioxide per unit of energy as coal, the methane contained […]

Capturing CO2 from air? That rocks!

A new technology absorbs carbon dioxide straight from the air and stores it permanently in underground rock. Developer Climeworks has partnered with Reykjavik Energy for its CarbFix2 pilot project, which will see an existing geothermal power plant in Iceland fitted out with the capture and storage equipment. The company says its Direct Air Capture (DAC) […]

‘More methane comes from cow burps than old wells’

Methane emissions from old oil and gas wells are generally low compared to other sources of the gas, which include livestock burping and flatulent livestock. That’s according to a new report from Durham University, Newcastle University and the Environment Agency, which investigated more than 100 onshore wells across southern England, the east midlands, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire […]

UK starts ratification of super greenhouse gas pact

  The UK has committed to limiting emissions of a super greenhouse gas. It is part of the Kigali Amendment to the UN Montreal Protocol, which was agreed by more than 150 nations in October last year to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% between 2019 and 2036. HFCs are a powerful greenhouse gas commonly found […]